"An era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted." - Arthur Miller

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Links of the Day

Final Fantasy on the Wii - The video game that launched the most popular RPG franchise in history has now hit the Wii in its original form when first released in 1990. For the price of $5 you can now enjoy a piece of video game history in the battle of good and evil. I recently checked my original cartridge of this game and amazingly enough the battery still functioned and had the save from the last time I played the game nearly 20 years ago.

Gourmet Magazine Ceases - As a sign of the coming death of print, the 70 year old magazine will cease production by the end of the year. The final issue is expected to be the November issue. This and three other titles are being shut down resulting in loss jobs for 180 people.

Model of New Media - As the above showed, old style media may be dying but in its place is "new media" which allows for niche programming that can be directed at a passionate few rather than the masses with only vague interest. The ultimate and really first example of this is the TWIT network started in 2005 by Leo Laporte which is now has a revenue of $1.5 million a year. For mass media standards that is paltry, but for a small business owner with seven employees and hundreds of thousands of viewers that is the very definition of success. I know it’s something I would love to achieve with my small network of blogs. Any case, click the link above to view a video presentation from Leo as he discusses his career and the successful network of podcasts that he started.

The Golden Age of Video - Fantastic mash-up that uses scenes and lines from movies and TV to create a pretty slick music video.

Reward Program Costs Breakdown - Click the link for a chart that brings down just what a colossal waste of your money reward programs are. It you pay a fee for it, you are wasting your money. If you make purchasing decisions with an award program in mind you are really wasting your money. What the chart essentially tells you is feel free to take advantage but arm yourself with the program limitations and do not allow those programs to influence your decisions.

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